Recreation Sports


RAGBRAI officially gets started on Sunday.  Everybody is starting to get into town and get prepped, I can't wait.  Saturday night there is a big concert with the Bare Naked Ladies in Council Bluffs, that I heard could have 30,000 people.  That would be the only way to get RAGBRAI kicked off.  A couple of my friends aren't going to join us until a couple days in, but I'm excited to meet Team Fast As Hell and see everyone else that comes out.  I always find people I know at RAGBRAI.  Since this is my first year, I will have to do all the Virgin stuff.  I know I atleast have to get my legs marked up, we'll see if there's anything else.  I'm just hoping my legs can make it through the week.  I've pretty much decided, that they have to, no matter how long it takes me to get through the days.  I also don't know exactly what to pack yet.  I've read the checklists, and I tend to overpack, but I don't want to be the guy that brings way too much stuff or forgets something obvious.

As I always do, I'm going to try to incorporate tech into the ride.  I'm planning on tweeting during the week as long as I can keep a charge on my phone or ipod.  I found a way to constantly show my location with Google Lattitude.  So you can check the map below anytime during the week and be able to tell where I'm at (again, if I can keep my phone charged).  You can also stay updated by following the twitter feed to the right, by visiting http:\\\oneniner or checking my facebook page .  I'm hoping to upload a few pictures to there and track how I'm doing.  So feel free to text me if you're in the area, but I may not get back right away.

Running & RAGBRAI

Just went on a run with a co-worker today, I thought I was getting into shape, but he really kicked my butt.  It reminded me why I only ran with him once last year and gave up until I fell for it again this year.  I've been training for a 5 mile run at Boys Town on Memorial Day.  Last year Amy, her dad, and I ran the hilly, 5 mile course in a little over 47 minutes.  We were pretty happy with that, but when I did't run for another 8 months after that I decided I should get in shape for it this year.  Especially since I'm planning on riding the full week of RAGBRAI this summer too.  So I found a 10K training program and then adjusted it a little for 5 miles instead of 6.2, Amy and I have gotten up to running 10 mile weeks with our longest run being 4.5 miles so far.  This Saturday we reach the peak of our training at 5 miles.   I thought it was going to be a tough week, but I didn't realize a co-worker was going to take me out for a 4 mile run at an 8 minute pace on my 2 mile day.  I was hoping for a relaxing 2 mile run to get me ready for the long run on Saturday.  Now that it's 2 hours later and I'm just starting to recover I realize my 10 mile week just turned into 12.  I guess I should be a little more ready than I was last year after running about 4 miles a week on a treadmill.

I've been tracking most of my runs on my iPod with Nike+ and felt like trying to display them here.  So here's what it says so far.  That has helped to motivate me, I enjoy knowing my pace and having a record of my runs without have to write them down or get a fancy gps watch. 

The P90X workouts have been struggling a little for me since I started running more.  I've had trouble getting 2 in a week.  Which I guess is a ton better than I was doing a couple months ago, but I may not look like Tony now.  But who knows maybe I'll drop about 40 pounds in the next 3-4 weeks and get pretty cut.  Then I would have to get new biking shorts that are smaller and resize my tux for the wedding, I don't know if it's worth all that extra work.  Amy did want to marry me for who I am, so I should be happy with it too.  🙂

RAGBRAI is quickly approaching, I'm getting so excited for it.  I've hung out at a couple overnights every year, but never actually rode in it.  Last year we met some friends and went about 10 miles, but I wouldn't really consider that riding RAGBRAI.  This year I'll find out what it's really like.  I had kinda talked myself into it, then found out the overnight towns and got really excited.  One of them is Indianola, the home of the Simpson College Storm.  I'm looking forward to seeing everyone in that town.  I was also happy to see it's going through Ottumwa.  My sister lives in Ottumwa now, so that should be fun.  Plus I know people for college through most of the towns, so I'm sure I'll come across some old friends.  It'll be interesting since I don't know how to pack or what to expect for the rides, but I think I'm ready for it.  Is anybody else planning on riding?  I'd really enjoy meeting up with you and hanging out a little.

OITC: 2009 Softball Season Underway

We had our first softball game of the season yesterday.  It didn’t go too bad, I think we’ll have a good season for that team.  It’s a Sunday night league that lasts through August I think.  So it’s a pretty long season, but should be fun if we win some games.  We lost like 12-11 after giving up 6 runs in the top of the first.  Once we got the hang of it, we played real well.  Both of our pitchers did well and we played pretty solid defense.  Both the guys and the girls can hit well, so it’ll be fun to see how things go.  The team is made of of co-workers of a friend of mine.  I’m also looking forward to getting a chance to get to know them better too.

The other team could be a different story.  We’re playing on Thursday nights and it’s a combination of our work teams from last year.  We’ve heard the Thursday night league is pretty competitive and to be honest, I’m not sure how good we’ll be.  We have some athletes, I just know we struggled a little last year, but that was before we combined teams, so we’ll see.

My bat died at the end of last year, so I picked up a $40 replacement from Dick’s the other day.  It was actually cheaper at Target online or Walmart, but I had a gift card.  Anyways, the point of this was to say, if your semi-serious about softball, never buy a $40 bat and think that the bat doesn’t matter.  I honestly think it took about 50 ft off of one of my hits yesterday, granted it would’ve gone right to the outfielder, but still.  So I’m looking for another bat now, I’d like to get a Demarini, but we’ll see.

Amy played well, she’s really getting the hang of softball.  She’s still a little nervous going into games, but plays well.  She just needs to be a little more confident.  It’s fun playing sports and being competitive with her, it gives me someone to ramble to about how I messed up and left runners on when I flied out to the pitcher.  Darn, that run would’ve been nice in the final score, anyways, we’re looking forward to a fun year.

P90X – Week 3 Already

Happy St Patty's Day everyone. It's hard to believe we're on week three already and with 2 workouts out of the way for this week, it seems like the rest can't be that bad. Week 2 flew by, we didn't have quite as good as results, but I can tell I'm getting stronger and the food changes we made are going a little easier (nothing too serious). We went to Kansas City to visit some friends last Friday & Saturday, the huge plate of BBQ ribs made it a little tough to stay on the diet, but I'll catch up for it. We also did a workout in the morning today so we could enjoy a green beer tonight. I'm not a huge fan of the morning workouts, especially plyo. I guess it doesn't matter when I do that workout, I still don't like it. It'll be the last time for a few weeks though.

I've had some good food due to the food plan we're doing along with the workouts. Amy and I used to got to Jimmy Johns for lunch once a week, well that has turned into salad at Jason's Deli. They have a pretty good salad bar for lunch. I hadn't eaten there before, but I like it. Still a little expensive, but not too bad. I also had a greek salad from Katie's that was pretty good. I tried an unwich from Jimmy John's, but I could see why they called it an unwich, it's nothing like their sandwiches. I could've ordered about 2 or 3 of them.

I've been trying to get Amy to blog on here once in a while, but she'd rather read what people are saying then complain because there aren't any more posts. I told her, she was the main problem. As Tony would say, "you can do anything for 30 seconds". So I'll keep trying to get her on here to atleast say hi and prove she's actually doing stuff.

Until next time, the word of the day is "Don't smash your face!"

P90X – 2 down, 88 To Go

Amy and recently got introduced to the P90X videos and decided that it would be a good time for us to get started working out consistantly.  We were thinking, we'd both like to be in a little better shape for the wedding.  And we have about 5 months now to get there.  We also ran in a 5 mile run at Boys Town last year and I just assumed we were going to do it again, so what better time.  Additionaly, I decided that I would like to do RAGBRAI.  The whole 12 miles I did last year got me excited enough to get a bike and actually train this year, so I can get the full experience this year.  So P90X is the first step, 10K training will overlay nicely to add some cardio on week 4, then the 10K training will mesh into the RAGBRAI training which will all peak in mid July, giving me roughly 2-3 weeks to get back out of shape for the wedding and honeymoon.  I think that's a good senario though.

So once we got interested in P90X a friend of mine said he, his wife, and a bunch of friends from church had done the workout and loved it.  So he decided to get a blog started that we could all check-in on to motivate each other and share stories.  This was a great idea to me, since I need a little motivation once in a while.  I usually rely on Amy, don't get me wrong, she does a great job, but this was good for both of us.  So here's the blog we set up…   I'm going to try to share my posts between both blogs, I hope it doesn't get confusing.

So the idea of the blog isnt' really a bet or competition, although I'm sure there is a little of that going on.  The main goal is to use the sharing of others to motivate ourselves to stick with the workout, because as Tony says, "The X is for Extreme".  It is definately that sometimes.  We're going to share some of our workout habits, favorite quotes, funny stories, & then gripe about how sore we are.  Then at the end, I'm sure there will be success stories on how great we feel and proud of each other, atleast I hope so.


Here's my post from today after day 2:

So we've finished day 2 and I'm pretty sore already. It's weird my arms are sore from day 1, but I won't notice it until weird times. I've never felt sore turning off the hot & cold water at the same time on the sink before. 🙂 My legs are a little sore, but I'm sure tomorrow, I wont' be able to walk.

I love Tony's quotes. Sometimes its hard for me to remember them, I tell myself I should write them down as soon as I hear them, but I usually forget. "Her name's Pam, they call her BLAM!" It makes me just yell "BLAM!" when they show her. There's another good one about not getting bored, but I forget it.

I was proud of myself for getting a pull-up bar installed in time for day 1. It's kinda makeshift, but it works. I'll have to get some pictures up to show our workout area. I'm interested to hear/see where everybody else is doing their workouts.

Anybody doing the official P90X diet? "What's your soup?" Amy and I are trying to eat healthy and referred to the diet, but I think you'd have to have a full time dietician to figure out all the portions if you were going to follow it strictly. I had my first bad temptation yesterday, somebody at work brought in this luscious looking pink sprinkle cake with fluffy frosting, it was so hard. I had to walk by it everywhere I went, I'm glad it's not there today.

I keep thinking of random stuff that I haven't mentioned on here, we did all of our before measurments the other day, it'll be fun to see the differences at the end.

Smash vball

well, we are unfeated. Is that a word? If not it should be, it means we haven’t won any games. Once again, we got smoked and had a few balls spiked on us. This time, I don’t remember having any of our own. Don’t get me wrong, we had a couple kills. We had a few good plays, we just need a few more games to get some practice under our belt. I’m not sure if we signed up for the best league, but we’re doing our best. It has been really fun, and we have a blast making fun of our opponents after the game, as I’m sure they do of us also. This week we are hoping to win atleast 1 game. I’ll let you know who get’s “Smash”ed in the next post, since I know you can’t wait.


I get a call the other day asking if I would play volleyball. I couldn’t turn that down, so I said I was in. 10 minutes later I get a call back, “I wrote your information down as the coach, thanks”. So I guess I’m coaching a volleyball team. That’s a new one to me. My sister has been a head HS volleyball coach the last few years, so she loved hearing that. Since I got a head start coaching, I’ve been giving her advice on how to handle parents and have fun with coaching, and now she finally got her chance to give me some advice. I guess i could say that it’s now the 5th sport I’ve coached, 6th if you consider slowpitch softball different from baseball.

The first game was a fun experience. Nobody knew the rules and we didn’t really warm up, but we were all eager to play. We didn’t do too bad, the first game was about 15-25, second was 17-25, and the 3rd was quite worse, something like 7-25. We had a good time though and there were a few good plays. The surprise appearence by Leslie, was definatly a help. She’s the one that should be coaching. The rest of our team consisted of Ashley (didn’t not play, because she’s too cool), Berto, Dot, Michelle, Mark & Sara helped us out, then Amy & I.

Our next game we knew we had 6 showing up, so it worked out perfect that nobody had to sub, only bad thing is that I was the only guy playing. Which wasn’t all that bad. We got a slow start getting used to the new player (just kidding Lisa), and lost the first game about 10-25. I say probably because nobody ever knows what the score is. I’m not sure if it has to do with the beer, nobody knowing how to keep rally scoring, or nobody cares, but each game is kind of an estimate. The second game was much better. We started to pull things together and had a pretty good lead like 23-18, then gave up enough points that it was tied. We were able to get the serve back and kept serving for game point, then they’d get it right back and need 2 points. So we had the advantage, but couldn’t close the game. I was actually nervous, I haven’t felt that feeling for a long time. I guess i’m not as confident in my volleyball abilities as slow pitch softball. We ended up losing the game about 31-29. I know it was 2 points and I know it was higher than 25. We again played a 3rd game for fun, which I believe would’ve been around 40-12. We just kept playing, it was good practice. There were a couple highlights on the night. One of which happened when a guy on their team decided to spike the ball pretty hard on one of our players. It wasn’t a huge deal, but he hit it pretty hard. I don’t complain about this kind of stuff, because I dont’ want to get into the bickering about carries & lifts, or how many guys hit the ball, or other stuff like that. There aren’t any officials, so if we start complaining, they are going to have plenty to complain back about. Not to mention that my fiance went under the net and took out an ankle earlier in the game. So I calmed down our team and said not to worry about it. Then maybe 2 serves later, I get a perfect set and hit it about as hard as I could right at the guy. I picked him out and aimed it at him. I wasn’t trying to hit him, just have some fun. The ball landed at his feet and you could see he was a little surprised. Both teams had fun with it, his team was saying “payback’s a bitch isn’t it”. Needless to say, he didn’t spike any more. We had some really good team work during the second & third games. We were doing the whole bump, set, spike thing, it looked good. Once we play together a couple more times and get our rotation figured out, we’ll be pretty tough decent ok.

Sounds like we are going to have a couple new faces next game, I’m looking forward to it. A little more testosterone, never hurts. 🙂 Tuesday’s @ 7:30 @ Digz, see ya there.

Post Season Softball

We had huge turn out for the pregame party. Berto, Michelle, and I had a couple drinks and I think ate about 4 hot dogs. I’m not sure if it helped since I don’t remember the outcome and Berto stole the score book. I believe we won the next game on 10/9, then just barely lost the finally by the mercy rule. It’s too bad we had to make up the rain game as the last game, just when we thought we were going to win 2 in a row that team showed us how slow pitch softball is supposed to be played.

To sum the season up, I would say that our team had a lot of fun. That’s kinda like when you talk about a blind date as being nice. It’s also like the experience that the fat chick has while playing dodge ball… it was fun. There were a few highlights. Double plays, diving catches in the outfield, a home run that bounced off the top of the fence and went over, an entertaining catcher for our team that we didn’t even know, camping under fly balls in the outfield that would hit the ground untouched, catching a one hop throw to the plate and celebrating while the runner comes home, pulled hammies (yes plural), new players every week, a few of which asked why we were wearing gloves and which hand they go on, coaching batters how to just hold the bat on their shoulder, having to take beer out of our dugout multiple times, playing music too loud when we weren’t playing, an umpire that loved to punch people out even if they weren’t out, sliding into home with no throw with a ripped up knee, having at least 5 people play 1st base in 7 games, a player that got put on waivers, breaking phones while tackling girls at 3rd base, out gestures by a pitcher, a great catch by our catcher, and many others that aren’t coming to my mind right now.

In closing, It was a blast and we’re going to have to get a team together for next year. Now that we have our freshman season under our belts, the sophomore should be better. It was also nice to get a chance to know a few more people outside of the office and I was glad to see so many different people give it a try, but I think I’d have to agree with Michelle when she said, “it’s a good thing we didn’t have our company name on the jersey’s”.

10-2 vs Partners 4 Biz

This week break out your Red Bull and coffee mugs as we look to extend our winning streak to 2 against the Partners 4 Biz at 9:30/Kelley Field #7. Let me know if you can make it and we will start the planning.

Also if anyone is interested I’m thinking I’ll open my doors for pre-game. It’s a short drive to the field. We’ll grill up some burgers and get mentally prepared. Anyone can come, we’ll be there from after work (5:45ish) till 9, let me know if you’re interested and need directions. There will be plenty of food & drinks, just bring your game face. -Nolan

Blood Stains

Some call it “huss”, some call it dedication, others just refer to it as stupidity.  Who slides in beer league softball?  Well, Berto does, and the picture above proves it.  He tells me this is a picture of his knee, I’ll just take his word for it.  This is the result of him sliding not once, but twice.  To his credit, they weren’t bad slides.  And with the final result of the game, nobody else is complaining either.  We were able pull of the victory with clutch hitting, and some nice defense.

To start off the game, the umpire searched our dugout without a warrant, I think Berto & Dan were strip searched, then Mike was interogated and for what you ask…  Beer in the dugout.  Last week we couldn’t play music during the game and this week they wouldn’t let us have a cooler of beer in the dugout.  I guess impairing your judgement and slowing your reactions is not a good thing for beer league softball.

Once again we had a couple new faces.  The girls on our team decided we are too much of an embarassment for them to show up.  With Ashley being the only girl from our team, we had to borrow a few players from the team that beat us in the first week.  Yup, the gully members from AOK were gracious enough to play for us, actually we forced Tiffany, Renee, Jess, & Sarah to play.  Also Mike finally took a night off from traveling for work, to come out.  After he got away with leading off in the first inning and once he figured out some of the rules, he turned out to be a real asset.  Mr. Jung played well on the hot corner, making a couple tough plays.  Berto threw a runner out at the plate and we caught a few fly balls.  Dan and Ashley played solid in the middle, Brian & Jess were errorless in the outfield and Tiffany caught everything thrown her way at first.  Renee hit the ball well, but I think the umpires were holding her responsible for the beer or something, because they kept making bad calls against her.  If it weren’t for a few walks given up by the pitcher (not to mention names, but it was me), then we would have held them to a lot less runs.  They really only had 1 big inning, but we were able to get a couple runs almost every inning and had a big inning exactly when we needed it.  The score was tied and it was getting close to the time limit so we knew that the top of the sixth would be our last atbat and we needed a couple runs, then to defend our lead.  Brian and Sarah came up to bat and put a couple hits together to give us baserunners, then we just continued to hit the ball and doubled our run total (kinda).  We batted around that inning and scored 6 runs.  Giving us a pretty comfortable lead going into the bottom of the 6th.  We haven’t had the lead many times, but we’d been in this same situation a week ago.  We were ahead and had to defend it in the last inning, last time it didn’t go our way.

So here’s were the controversy comes in.  After both teams agreed that we were tied 7-7 before the inning, we batted around and scored 6 more runs, then as we take the field, their “score keeper”, I use that term loosly, claims that the score is 10-7.  He somehow missed 2 of the runs we had just scored and then took away a run from the 3rd inning.  So after debating with an older guy that napped the first half of the game, the umpire takes his side.  Now to be honest, noone on our team kept the score that inning, but it was me that hit a triple and scored on a basehit that they weren’t counting, so I’d think I’d know what was going on.  We cleaned up the score book the next inning and are sure that we were right.  But the umpire took their side since they won the coin toss and were home team (yes you heard that right, a coin toss determines how many runs you’re allowed to say you have).  So we took the field with a 7 6 run lead 12-6.  We held them to a couple runs and got them to fly out to close the game.  So we didn’t have many friends after the game, but we won and that was all that mattered.

UPDATE (09/29/08):  New picture that you can actually see.  Only bad thing is, this is after it has healed for 4 days now.  Ouch!  Should be fun to watch him run next week.